Christmas is just around the corner, and I know that alot of you are busy with thoughts about Giving and Receiving. We personally haven't been doing the Gift Exchange practice for about 10 years, I think. My how time flies ;) But it was an adjustment to make, and put some uncomfortable strains on some relationships around Christmas time particularly. We were accused of ruining Christmas for Grandma, not allowing her the joy of giving gifts to her Grandchildren (which wasn't true, but .....Whatever), and taking the fun out of Christmas, and being Scrooges, and Extremists, etc.
But, looking back over those years, we are glad we put a stop to the insanity around the consumerism of Christmas (and Birthdays) as far as it pertains to our household. And that's all we can do. As it pertains to me and my house!
I subscribe to Miss Minimalist and really like her Gift Avoidance Guide, on how to help others adjust to not giving you a bunch of needless stuff to clutter up your space.
Enjoy the Guide.
Miss Minimalist's Gift Avoidance Guide